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March 5, 2012 3:08:02 PM

Hi everybody

I just got a Core 2 Duo e8500 from work for free so thats what I'm basing this build on

the specs are:

Core 2 Duo E8500(with future intentions of upgrading to core 2 quad or extreme)

MSI LGA 775 Intel G41 1 PCIEx16/1 PCIEx1/1 PCI Micro-ATX Motherboard G41M-P28

Corsair XMS3 4 GB 1333MHz PC3-10666 240-pin DDR3 Memory

Diablotek DA Series 500-Watt ATX Power Supply

My brother is supposed to be helping me on this but hes too busy all the time. So which GPU is best for me?

Thanks guys

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a b U Graphics card
March 5, 2012 3:16:43 PM

look at 7770
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a c 81 U Graphics card
March 5, 2012 3:30:32 PM

jpeterson066 said:
Hi everybody

I just got a Core 2 Duo e8500 from work for free so thats what I'm basing this build on

the specs are:

Core 2 Duo E8500(with future intentions of upgrading to core 2 quad or extreme)

MSI LGA 775 Intel G41 1 PCIEx16/1 PCIEx1/1 PCI Micro-ATX Motherboard G41M-P28

Corsair XMS3 4 GB 1333MHz PC3-10666 240-pin DDR3 Memory

Diablotek DA Series 500-Watt ATX Power Supply

My brother is supposed to be helping me on this but hes too busy all the time. So which GPU is best for me?

Thanks guys

first, replace the psu with something that won't kill your pc. may be antec neo eco 520w or corsair builder cx 500 v2 or seasonic s12ii 520w.
what are you going to use this pc for? what is your max budget for everything?
second, is this a new pc? if yes, why not sell the parts and build a pc with newer parts (sandy bridge etc)?
if you're keeping the parts, then get a radeon hd 7750 or 6670 1 gb after you replace the psu.
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a b U Graphics card
March 5, 2012 4:06:10 PM

De5_roy is correct. You want to avoid the "free trap". For example, you could end up spending $500 on the other parts and then discover that if you had tossed the free CPU and bought a newer one (like the i3-2100) and have a much better computer for $650.
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March 5, 2012 4:18:50 PM

These are all parts i just bought. I'm not gonna use the pc for the latest and greatest games but i wanna play some free to play games and emulators. Are the diablotek psu's really that bad?
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a c 81 U Graphics card
March 5, 2012 4:24:30 PM

jpeterson066 said:
These are all parts i just bought. I'm not gonna use the pc for the latest and greatest games but i wanna play some free to play games and emulators. Are the diablotek psu's really that bad?

look for 'diablotek' here:
http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx
here's a 650w diablotek psu review:
http://hardocp.com/article/2010/12/17/diablotek_phd650_...

for casual gaming, 6670 should be fine. 7750 is a bit pricier, but it's the latest entry level gfx card from amd and it doesn't need an extra pcie conntector to run.
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